Quickly Quoteable #29 – Alexandre Dumas

“Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works.”

“Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.”

“All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.”

“Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.”


Alexandre Dumas

  • Born: 24 July 1802
  • Birthplace: Villers-Cotterets, France
  • Died: 5 December 1870 (natural causes)
  • Best Known As: The author of The Three Musketeers

Alexandre Dumas wrote the classic adventure novel The Three Musketeers and some of the most famous and popular stories in French literature. Beginning in 1844 he had a string of brilliantly successful books, publishing The Three Musketeers (1844, first printed in serial form) and following it with The Count of Monte Cristo (1845), Twenty Years After (1845) and The Black Tulip (1850), among many others. A great celebrity writer of the day, he was almost as famous for his reckless spending and lavish lifestyle, and he was frequently in debt. In his last days he was supported by his illegitimate son, the author Alexandre Dumas the Younger.

Dumas and his son are often referred to as Dumas peré (father) and Dumas fils (son)… Alexandre Dumas was one-quarter black; his grandfather had married a slave while serving as a government official in what is now Haiti.

Quotes courtesy of BrainyQuote.com

Biography courtesy of Answers.com

About Jodi

Jodi L. Milner is a writer, mandala enthusiast, and educator. Her epic fantasy novel, Stonebearer’s Betrayal, was published in November 2018 and rereleased in Jan 2020. She has been published in several anthologies. When not writing, she can be found folding children and feeding the laundry, occasionally in that order.
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8 Responses to Quickly Quoteable #29 – Alexandre Dumas

  1. Anonymous says:

    I guess as he was born just a few years after the revolution his novels were tolerated by the new government, as they portrayed the monarchy in a less than ‘charming’ way. If the Three Musketeers had been written in the days of Louis XVI, his own head would have rolled.

    Good post, thanks for bringing this up!

  2. Erm… that pretty blue pattern (comment one) was me. Sigh.

  3. cindy says:

    A maestro, Dumas. Thanks for the quotes.

  4. aardvarkian says:

    “Wait and hope” is right. The story of my life, so it seems.

  5. The first quote up there cracks me up! I wonder to whom he said it and for what purpose, and if he ever regretted it? Also – when in his life was it said?

    Gave me a smile, anyway – wonder how old he was when he said it, and whether it was said for the benefit of fils. That I could understand – encouraging a lazy boy to work!

    Count of Monte Cristo still my favorite – far above The Three Musketeers.

  6. mlknudsen66 says:

    Despite his well-publicized flaws, Dumas certainly acheived a certain wisdom, and he wrote some big, thick books that are classics in ever sense of the word, and continue to influence adventure stories and movies to this day.

  7. nrhatch says:

    All for one, and one for all! Yay for the Three Musketeers.

    Thanks, Jo. Your quote pieces always make we want to dig out and dust off my classics.

  8. Heather says:

    LOVED these quotes–especially the despair/bliss one, and the ‘wait and hope.’ Thanks for sharing.

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